Off to pick up a free 35" spare from a North Shore Jeeps member who lives out by Worcester! It won't match, and there isn't a TON of tread, but it holds air and is free. Can't beat that. (For those that don't know, my spare is still a 31" BFG - which is now for sale, BRAND NEW if anyone wants it)
Picked up the spare, and ended up talking with the guy for a half hour or so. Really nice fella.
In other news, I've got the small list of things the TJ needs:
1) Adjustable front uppers. Hereinlies a big personal debate I'm having. For $179 I can get Rough Country adjustable uppers. For $179 I can get Rough Country adjustable lowers. I still need 3 sets of adjustable arms for the TJ, and these would bring the total to about $500 for the 3 other pairs from RC. OR I could heed the advice of the forum gods, and buy the Currie sets. Their trackbar impressed me more than any other product I've put on the TJ, and the reviews they get are unmatched. Total would be about $700 to buy the 3 other sets of C/As and have double JJs at each arm. Is that worth it? Do their products meet my demands? Will R/C's let me down? I'm alright with the RC rear uppers I've got, for the most part, simply because I got them from Pat for $100 at a time when I really needed them. The uppers would be $50 more. Lowers are $300 each...... SAVVY offers a 10% off coupon.
OR do I do RC front & rear uppers and Currie front & rear lowers? Even the currie front upper only has one JJ...
This really is a fascinating conversation. I've done a decent job at building the Jeep with reputable products, not always the absolute BEST but higher quality none-the-less. This is an interesting line that will be determined here.
2) SYE/CV kit. Already know what kind, just a matter of ordering it.
After dealing with the same control arm issue, Savvys arms are par none and you'll never be disappointed with them, but the RC arms are a lil less expensive. Id go with the Savvy arms if you've got the money and don't plan on going long arm or custom rear stretch with 37s in the near future, but really the moneys not that far off btw them and after looking at reviews people love JJs and seem to dislike the RC joints. I've got no personal experience but that's what i've seen. I'm going to go with UCFs long arm upgrade bc its about the same cost either ones complete line of short arms and they've got JJs in them. Also just wanted to say your jeep looks amazing and defenetly a clean and well done build so far.
1998 TJ 35's Metalcloak Front Fenders 3" Currie Springs 4.88 Spartan Rear D44 front HPD30 under construction.
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/lake-murry-build-1144006/index12.html"]My Build Thread[/URL]
RC makes some good products, but their control arms can't hold a candle to the Currie arms. If I had the money for new control arms (ha!) I'd go with Currie just for the fact that I'd probably only want to do control arms once. Do it right the first time.
But of course, I'd support you with either direction you went.
My philosophy with this kind of thing is to spend the money when it counts. I mean, it's one of the most critical parts of your suspension and the difference is $200. How much do you spend on a single tire that relies on that suspension? How much is it worth to not have to worry about it if something goes funky or worse, having to replace them again?
I'll go cheap on certain things. Suspension is not one of them. JMHO.
My 31" spare tire sold today to a great Jeep guy on Craigslist from Chelmsford. Told him to join our North Shore Jeep club, so hopefully he will! He had a great semi-built XJ, as the guy is an ASE mechanic with a specialty in jeeps. Lots of good engine work done to it. He said he'd look into coming on a wheeling trip with us.
Sold for $125 - $30 less than I paid for it, adding to my Currie arms fund
Anyway, we met at Firestone so he could have the tire mounted. I figured I'd have my free 35 mounted while I was there so that I would still have a spare. Total cost of $15 and it's mounted and balanced. Looks beastly on the tire carrier, but I SERIOUSLY need to get those BESRK frame tie-ins to get the weight off the crossmember. Hopefully someone got them for me for Christmas, as they were on my list for close family. At only $45, they're worth their weight in gold. The tire carrier doesn't bend, but the bumper moves a little when I hit bigger bumps.
P.S. does ANYONE want to go wheeling with me tomorrow in Southern NH? I'm pretty sure I've asked just about everyone that reads this, but I'm itching to go. Leave in the morning, and go roll through 6 or 7 trails all connected to each other.
Awesome run today in Weare, NH with Donny and his buddy Brandon. It had originally been 3 of us, a YJ included, but the YJ didn't have functioning 4WD so he left. We ended up having some real problems following our map (map sucked- my bad) and just adventured through the woods on old trails for about 5 hours having a blast. Definitely found some places for future North Shore club runs.
We managed to find this mountain-like thing called "Misery Hill" where Steph needed to get out of the Jeep because of the angle it was at, feeling like it was going to flip. Not that I could blame her, I had some hesitations myself. At the top of Misery Hill we pretty much ran out of trail so we headed back into the woods another way and followed a powerline trail for a while. Met up with a TJ/YJ/Cherokee owner who showed us his maps in his backyard and told us some good spots. We followed the powerlines for a few miles and then ventured off another trail, where we came across a fallen tree. We tried to clear it, but ended up not being able to so we tested our luck by flexing on it, and turning back.
Ended up doing 20 or so miles in the woods, and had a blast! Happy birthday to me! Jeep did great, although Donny blew out his passenger front axle shaft ears & u-joint. Great run today. Awesome flex pics.